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England round-up: NPPF must reference beautiful places, says building better commission; Legal challenge launched over Leadsom’s approval of a gas power station

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 25 January-31 January, 2020

NPPF must reference beautiful places, says building better commission

The long-awaited report from the Building Better Building Beautiful Commission recommends the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) reference the importance of placemaking and the creation of beautiful places.

The Planner

Planning Inspectorate issues performance update 

The Planning Inspectorate has issued a performance update on planning appeals, enforcement appeals and the Rosewell Review.

UK Government

Legal challenge launched over Leadsom’s approval of a gas power station

Environmental law charity Client Earth is taking the UK Government to the High Court following the energy secretary's approval of plans to modify coal-fired generating units to gas-powered ones at Drax Power Station, Selby.

The Planner

Hull publishes design guide

Hull City Council has adopted a Residential Design Guide, the city’s first planning policy to specifically address the design quality of new housing.

The Planner

Jenrick announces £1bn funding for SME builders 

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has announced that small and medium sized builders will be able to apply for £1 billion in government funding.  

The Planner

Green building approved in London 

An 11-storey mixed-use green building has been granted planning permission by the City of London Corporation’s planning and transportation committee.

The Planner

Changes to EastEnders’ set to be approved without permission

Hertsmere Borough Council has agreed to adopt a local development order (LDO) that will see changes made on the BBC's EastEnders set without requiring planning permission.

The Planner

North East receives £500m railway funding 

Rail minister Chris Heaton-Harris has announced that the government will fund £500 million of improvements to rail services in the North East.

The Planner

Be a planning radical at The Planner Live

Got something original to say and a burning desire to tell your fellow planners? We’re looking for four RTPI members to give five-minute speed presentations at The Planner Live on 29-30 June 2020.

The Planner

Housing strategy approved for city council

The Planning Inspectorate has approved Oxford City Council’s plan for the building of more than 10,000 homes by 2036 to meet Oxford’s housing crisis.


Leaders call for continued support of local plan

Leaders of every party on Wirral Council have joined together to call for continued government support on the regeneration of the borough and developing its local plan.

Insider Media

Sevenoaks leader writes to SoS

Sevenoaks District Council’s leader has written to the Minister for local government to express his concerns about the local plan examination.

Sevenoaks District Council

Bid to overturn council's decision on woodland homes

A developer has launched an appeal in a bid to build five homes in a wooded area on the edge of the Bolton green belt.

The Bolton News

Plans usher in new era for historic cinema

Plans to transform a former cinema in Lancaster city centre into student accommodation look set to be backed next week.

Insider Media

House approved for old allotment in Barnard Castle

Last minute fears over legal restrictions were not enough to make councillors block permission to build a family home on a former allotment.

The Northern Echo

Approval secured for renewable energy scheme

Planning approval has been secured for a renewable energy scheme near Blandford Forum in Dorset.

Insider Media

Residents campaign to save threatened trees

Campaigners fighting to save three mature maple trees next to the M32 in St Pauls say the dispute exposes serious flaws in the city’s planning process regarding tree protection and unanswered questions about the ownership of the land they stand on.

The Bristol Cable

City council commits to increase biodiversity

Oxford City Council is supporting the Lord-Lieutenant of Oxfordshire’s call to double tree cover across the county.

Oxford City Council

Talks begin on West Yorkshire devolution

Treasury minister Simon Clarke has met with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority to discuss a deal which would enable the region to take control of additional powers and funding from the government.

Insider Media

New plans for thousands of homes on former green belt in Coventry

Hallam Land Management has submitted a revised bid for up to 2,400 homes at a former green belt site at Eastern Green, situated south of the A45 in Coventry.

Coventry Telegraph

Town council urging 'Yes' vote in local referendum

A referendum will be held in Otley next month on whether to adopt a neighbourhood plan. 

Stray FM